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New account! I'll put every week some photos and curiosities of the most spectacular places in the world. I hope you enjoy it!!

Hallstatt, Salzburg

Hallstatt, Salzburg - 19 days ago

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Village of Oia

Village of Oia - 1 month ago

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Grand Canyon-Arizona

Grand Canyon-Arizona - 1 month ago

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Maroon Bells

Maroon Bells - 2 months ago

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7/7 New Seven Wonders of the Word - Petra 
Curiosities:
1. Among the Petra's amazing architecture, The Treasury is the most popular. It is estimated to be over 2,000 years.

2. The Bedouin of the Arabian Desert have destroyed some of the most priceless carvings on the Treasury's walls. They used the carvings as target during their shooting practice.

3. The structures on most of the Petra Archaeologicalsite have been weakened by the salt that is blown from the dead sea and which crystalizes on the building's columns.

4. Petra is though to have been built during the Byzantine Era of the 5th and 6th AD when Petra became an important Christian center.

5. Petra is home to over 800 carved tombs.

6. Petra is more popular for its 800 individual monuments that includes buildings, tombs, baths, funerary halls, temples, arched gateways, and colonnaded streets, that were mostly carved from the kaleidoscopic sandstone.

7. The city was first established in 312 BC; making it one of the oldest metropolises in the world.

8. It is in Petra that King Aretas called for the arrest of the biblian Apostle Paul after he was converted into Christianity.

9. Among the most popular monuments in Petra is the 2,100-pound sandstone bust of Dushara, Petra’s primary male deity.

10. Petra is one of the evidence to Mankind that Middle East was after all the most influential region of the world in the Middle Ages.

7/7 New Seven Wonders of the Word - Petra Curiosities: 1. Among the Petra's amazing architecture, The Treasury is the most popular. It is estimated to be over 2,000 years. 2. The Bedouin of the Arabian Desert have destroyed some of the most priceless carvings on the Treasury's walls. They used the carvings as target during their shooting practice. 3. The structures on most of the Petra Archaeologicalsite have been weakened by the salt that is blown from the dead sea and which crystalizes on the building's columns. 4. Petra is though to have been built during the Byzantine Era of the 5th and 6th AD when Petra became an important Christian center. 5. Petra is home to over 800 carved tombs. 6. Petra is more popular for its 800 individual monuments that includes buildings, tombs, baths, funerary halls, temples, arched gateways, and colonnaded streets, that were mostly carved from the kaleidoscopic sandstone. 7. The city was first established in 312 BC; making it one of the oldest metropolises in the world. 8. It is in Petra that King Aretas called for the arrest of the biblian Apostle Paul after he was converted into Christianity. 9. Among the most popular monuments in Petra is the 2,100-pound sandstone bust of Dushara, Petra’s primary male deity. 10. Petra is one of the evidence to Mankind that Middle East was after all the most influential region of the world in the Middle Ages. - 3 months ago

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6/7 New Seven Wonders of the Word - Chichen Itza
Curiosities :

1. Chichen Itza is classified as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and in 1988 was enlisted as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. The term Chichen Itza means ‘the mouth at the well of Itza’. It is believed Itza means ‘water magicians’, deriving from the Mayan Itz for ‘magic’ and á for ‘water’. 3. El Castillo (the Temple of Kukulkan) is the famous pyramid which dominates the site of Chichen Itza and it actually sits on another much older temple.

4. Believed by archaeologists to have been a powerful economic city around 600 AD, the fall of Chichen Itza is thought to have been approximately 1000 AD.

5. The design and layout of Chichen Itza was clearly well planned and builders constructed temples and pyramids in sets of clusters.

6. The four most well known clusters are the Great North Platform, the Ossario Group, the Central Group and the Old Chichen, which is not open to the public. The Great North Platform is home to the most visited sites of Chichen Itza, including the Kukulkan Pyramid, the Great Ball Court and the Temple of the Jaguars.

7. During the Spring (20th of March) and Autumn Equinox (22nd September), sunrays creates a shadow across the Kukulkan Pyramid that gives the appearance of a serpent slithering down the staircase.

8. Located on the north side of the Kukulkan Pyramid is a platform dedicated to the planet Venus. The Mayans were devoted astronomers and the movements of Venus held special meaning to them, with it influencing the architecture of the ancient Mayan city Uxmal.

9. Although the Kukulkan Pyramid is the most famous and most visited, there are numerous others in Chichen Itza. The Osario is very similar but smaller in size and at the centre is an opening to a natural cave.

10. Many of the sites in Chichen Itza are known for their unusual sounds. If you clap once from one end of the Ball Court, it produces nine echoes in the middle of the court. Additionally, a clap in front of the Kukulkan Pyramid creates an echo resembling the serpent’s chirp.

6/7 New Seven Wonders of the Word - Chichen Itza Curiosities : 1. Chichen Itza is classified as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and in 1988 was enlisted as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. 2. The term Chichen Itza means ‘the mouth at the well of Itza’. It is believed Itza means ‘water magicians’, deriving from the Mayan Itz for ‘magic’ and á for ‘water’. 3. El Castillo (the Temple of Kukulkan) is the famous pyramid which dominates the site of Chichen Itza and it actually sits on another much older temple. 4. Believed by archaeologists to have been a powerful economic city around 600 AD, the fall of Chichen Itza is thought to have been approximately 1000 AD. 5. The design and layout of Chichen Itza was clearly well planned and builders constructed temples and pyramids in sets of clusters. 6. The four most well known clusters are the Great North Platform, the Ossario Group, the Central Group and the Old Chichen, which is not open to the public. The Great North Platform is home to the most visited sites of Chichen Itza, including the Kukulkan Pyramid, the Great Ball Court and the Temple of the Jaguars. 7. During the Spring (20th of March) and Autumn Equinox (22nd September), sunrays creates a shadow across the Kukulkan Pyramid that gives the appearance of a serpent slithering down the staircase. 8. Located on the north side of the Kukulkan Pyramid is a platform dedicated to the planet Venus. The Mayans were devoted astronomers and the movements of Venus held special meaning to them, with it influencing the architecture of the ancient Mayan city Uxmal. 9. Although the Kukulkan Pyramid is the most famous and most visited, there are numerous others in Chichen Itza. The Osario is very similar but smaller in size and at the centre is an opening to a natural cave. 10. Many of the sites in Chichen Itza are known for their unusual sounds. If you clap once from one end of the Ball Court, it produces nine echoes in the middle of the court. Additionally, a clap in front of the Kukulkan Pyramid creates an echo resembling the serpent’s chirp. - 3 months ago

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5/7 New Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal 
Curiosities : 
1. The Taj Mahal was built by a whopping 22,000 laborers, painters, stonecutters, embroidery artists.
2. Legend has it that Emperor Shah Jahan intended to build another Taj Mahal in black marble across the river but a war with his sons interrupted these plans.
3. The changing moods of the Emperors wife are well captured by the changing hues of the Mausoleum at different times of the day. It takes a pinkish hue in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden at night when illuminated by moonlight.
4. It intricate work of art and architectural genius took 17 years to complete.
5. The most recognizable feature is the white dome at the peak of the mausoleum. Often called the 'onion dome', it rises to about 35 meters (115 feet) and is surrounded by four other domes.
6. Taj Mahal is a famous Indian landmark and tourist magnet, attracting more than a million tourists every year.
7. As always, rumor mills are on the overdrive about this mausoleum. It is rumored that the Emperor ordered that all the workers who worked on the mausoleum get their hands chopped of so that no one could make anything like it ever again.
8. If it was to be built today, Taj Mahal would cost the Emperor about US$100 to make it as beautiful as it is.
9. The materials that were used to build Taj Mahal were transported to the construction site by a whopping 1,000 elephants.
10. Many of the precious stones on the mausoleum were ripped off from the walls of the mausoleum by the British army during the Indian rebellion of 1857

5/7 New Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal Curiosities : 1. The Taj Mahal was built by a whopping 22,000 laborers, painters, stonecutters, embroidery artists. 2. Legend has it that Emperor Shah Jahan intended to build another Taj Mahal in black marble across the river but a war with his sons interrupted these plans. 3. The changing moods of the Emperors wife are well captured by the changing hues of the Mausoleum at different times of the day. It takes a pinkish hue in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden at night when illuminated by moonlight. 4. It intricate work of art and architectural genius took 17 years to complete. 5. The most recognizable feature is the white dome at the peak of the mausoleum. Often called the 'onion dome', it rises to about 35 meters (115 feet) and is surrounded by four other domes. 6. Taj Mahal is a famous Indian landmark and tourist magnet, attracting more than a million tourists every year. 7. As always, rumor mills are on the overdrive about this mausoleum. It is rumored that the Emperor ordered that all the workers who worked on the mausoleum get their hands chopped of so that no one could make anything like it ever again. 8. If it was to be built today, Taj Mahal would cost the Emperor about US$100 to make it as beautiful as it is. 9. The materials that were used to build Taj Mahal were transported to the construction site by a whopping 1,000 elephants. 10. Many of the precious stones on the mausoleum were ripped off from the walls of the mausoleum by the British army during the Indian rebellion of 1857 - 3 months ago

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4/7 New Seven Wonders of the World - The Colosseum
Curiosities:
1. The Colosseum was not designed by a single prominent designer/architect as it would be if built today. During medieval times it was said to have been designed by the ancient Roman poet Virgil. Now we know that Virgil died well before the Colosseum was conceived.
2. The Colosseum has over 80 entrances and can accommodate about 50,000 spectators.
3. There were 36 trap doors in Arena allowing for elaborate special effects.
4. All Ancient Romans had free entry to the Colosseum for events, and were also fed throughout the spectacles.
5. The Ancient Romans would sometimes flood the Colosseum and have miniature ship naval battles inside as a way of entertainment.
6. Many natural disasters devastated the structure of the Colosseum, but it was the earthquakes of 847 AD and 1231 AD that caused most of the damage you see today.
7. Rome´s most popular monument was built for three reasons. As a gift to the Roman Citizens from the Flavian Dynasty to increase their popularity, to stage various forms of entertainment, and to showcase Roman engineering techniques to the world.
8. The Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as animal hunts, mock sea battles, re-enactments of famous battles, executions and dramas.
9. During the inaugural games of the Colosseum in 80 CE held by Titus, some 9,000 wild animals were slaughtered.
10. Despite its brutal pagan origins, the Colosseum has been used as a worship space by Christians over the centuries. A large cross was removed in the 1870's during a frenzy of secular archaeology funded by the new Italian state. That cross was replaced by Mussolini in 1926 in a cynical effort to placate Catholics.

4/7 New Seven Wonders of the World - The Colosseum Curiosities: 1. The Colosseum was not designed by a single prominent designer/architect as it would be if built today. During medieval times it was said to have been designed by the ancient Roman poet Virgil. Now we know that Virgil died well before the Colosseum was conceived. 2. The Colosseum has over 80 entrances and can accommodate about 50,000 spectators. 3. There were 36 trap doors in Arena allowing for elaborate special effects. 4. All Ancient Romans had free entry to the Colosseum for events, and were also fed throughout the spectacles. 5. The Ancient Romans would sometimes flood the Colosseum and have miniature ship naval battles inside as a way of entertainment. 6. Many natural disasters devastated the structure of the Colosseum, but it was the earthquakes of 847 AD and 1231 AD that caused most of the damage you see today. 7. Rome´s most popular monument was built for three reasons. As a gift to the Roman Citizens from the Flavian Dynasty to increase their popularity, to stage various forms of entertainment, and to showcase Roman engineering techniques to the world. 8. The Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as animal hunts, mock sea battles, re-enactments of famous battles, executions and dramas. 9. During the inaugural games of the Colosseum in 80 CE held by Titus, some 9,000 wild animals were slaughtered. 10. Despite its brutal pagan origins, the Colosseum has been used as a worship space by Christians over the centuries. A large cross was removed in the 1870's during a frenzy of secular archaeology funded by the new Italian state. That cross was replaced by Mussolini in 1926 in a cynical effort to placate Catholics. - 3 months ago

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3/7 New Seven Wonders of the World - Machu Picchu
Curiosities:
1. In the Quechua Indian language, “Machu Picchu” means “Old Peak” or “Old Mountain.” 2. Machu Picchu is made up of more than 150 buildings ranging from baths and houses to temples and sanctuaries. 
3. The compound contains more than 100 separate flights of stairs. Most of the individual staircases were carved from one slab of stone. 
4. Although many of the stones that were used to build the city were more than 50 pounds, it is believed that no wheels were used to transport these rocks up the mountain. Rather, it is thought that hundreds of men pushed the heavy rocks up the steep mountain side. 
5. Many different theories exist about Machu Picchu’s purpose—a royal estate and a secret ceremonial center among them. 
6. The Incas were some of the best masons in the world. The structures were so well built with a technique called ashlar (stones that are cut to fit together without mortar) that not even a knife blade can fit in between stones. 
7. Machu Picchu was only known locally until Yale Professor Hiram Bingham re-discovered the site in 1911. His book, The Lost City of the Incas, was based on his findings. 
8. A long-standing dispute between Peru and Yale University has existed over the artifacts collected by Bingham during his exploration of the site. Yale maintains that they own the items while Peru insists they were given on loan. 
9. Machu Picchu was an astronomical observatory, and its sacred Intihuatana stone accurately indicates the two equinoxes. Twice a year, the sun sits directly over the stone creating no shadow. 
10. Unfortunately, most cities built by the Inca civilization were destroyed by the Spanish conquest. Machu Picchu was in a hidden location—invisible from below—and not found, making it one of the most well-preserved Inca cities and an archeological gem.

3/7 New Seven Wonders of the World - Machu Picchu Curiosities: 1. In the Quechua Indian language, “Machu Picchu” means “Old Peak” or “Old Mountain.” 2. Machu Picchu is made up of more than 150 buildings ranging from baths and houses to temples and sanctuaries. 3. The compound contains more than 100 separate flights of stairs. Most of the individual staircases were carved from one slab of stone. 4. Although many of the stones that were used to build the city were more than 50 pounds, it is believed that no wheels were used to transport these rocks up the mountain. Rather, it is thought that hundreds of men pushed the heavy rocks up the steep mountain side. 5. Many different theories exist about Machu Picchu’s purpose—a royal estate and a secret ceremonial center among them. 6. The Incas were some of the best masons in the world. The structures were so well built with a technique called ashlar (stones that are cut to fit together without mortar) that not even a knife blade can fit in between stones. 7. Machu Picchu was only known locally until Yale Professor Hiram Bingham re-discovered the site in 1911. His book, The Lost City of the Incas, was based on his findings. 8. A long-standing dispute between Peru and Yale University has existed over the artifacts collected by Bingham during his exploration of the site. Yale maintains that they own the items while Peru insists they were given on loan. 9. Machu Picchu was an astronomical observatory, and its sacred Intihuatana stone accurately indicates the two equinoxes. Twice a year, the sun sits directly over the stone creating no shadow. 10. Unfortunately, most cities built by the Inca civilization were destroyed by the Spanish conquest. Machu Picchu was in a hidden location—invisible from below—and not found, making it one of the most well-preserved Inca cities and an archeological gem. - 3 months ago

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2/7 New Seven Wonders of the World - Great Wall of China 
Curiosities:
1. Contrary to common belief, the Great Wall of China cannot be seen from space with the naked eye. It can be seen with aid. 
2. As early as the Qin Dynasty (221-207BC) when building the Great Wall, glutinous rice flour was used in making the binding material to bind the bricks. 
3 .The sections of the Great Wall that we mostly associate with The Great Wall of China were built by the Ming Dynasty. This was the last part of the wall that was built and has been made with brick and features many tall watch-towers. 
4. The Great Wall of China has been called the longest cemetery on Earth. Over a million people died building the Wall and archaeologists have found human remains buried under parts of the wall. 
5. Although the official number of the length of the Great Wall is 8851.8 kilometers (5500 miles), the length of all the Great Wall built over thousands of years is estimated at 21,196.18 kilometers (13,170 miles). The circumference of the Equator is 40,075 kilometers (24,901 miles). 6 . The Great Wall of China is threatened with erosion. The northwestern sections (e.g. in Gansu and Ningxia provinces) of the Great Wall are deteriorating so quickly. It is believed that these sections may disappear within 20 years, due to demolishment by nature and human. 
7. Over 10 million people visit the Great Wall of China every year. The most famous section of the Great Wall-Badaling, had been visited by over 300 heads of state and VIPs from around the world, the first of which was Soviet. But it is also the busiest section of wall which is restored. If you are a hiker who like to see the real unspoiled Great Wall which is off the beaten path, we don’t suggest you go there. 
8. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), many bricks of the Great Wall were taken away to use in building homes, farms or reservoirs. Otherwise many sections of the Great Wall would be preserved much better than what they are like today. 
9. The Great Wall is wide enough in some places to drive a car over it.

2/7 New Seven Wonders of the World - Great Wall of China Curiosities: 1. Contrary to common belief, the Great Wall of China cannot be seen from space with the naked eye. It can be seen with aid. 2. As early as the Qin Dynasty (221-207BC) when building the Great Wall, glutinous rice flour was used in making the binding material to bind the bricks. 3 .The sections of the Great Wall that we mostly associate with The Great Wall of China were built by the Ming Dynasty. This was the last part of the wall that was built and has been made with brick and features many tall watch-towers. 4. The Great Wall of China has been called the longest cemetery on Earth. Over a million people died building the Wall and archaeologists have found human remains buried under parts of the wall. 5. Although the official number of the length of the Great Wall is 8851.8 kilometers (5500 miles), the length of all the Great Wall built over thousands of years is estimated at 21,196.18 kilometers (13,170 miles). The circumference of the Equator is 40,075 kilometers (24,901 miles). 6 . The Great Wall of China is threatened with erosion. The northwestern sections (e.g. in Gansu and Ningxia provinces) of the Great Wall are deteriorating so quickly. It is believed that these sections may disappear within 20 years, due to demolishment by nature and human. 7. Over 10 million people visit the Great Wall of China every year. The most famous section of the Great Wall-Badaling, had been visited by over 300 heads of state and VIPs from around the world, the first of which was Soviet. But it is also the busiest section of wall which is restored. If you are a hiker who like to see the real unspoiled Great Wall which is off the beaten path, we don’t suggest you go there. 8. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), many bricks of the Great Wall were taken away to use in building homes, farms or reservoirs. Otherwise many sections of the Great Wall would be preserved much better than what they are like today. 9. The Great Wall is wide enough in some places to drive a car over it. - 3 months ago

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1/7 New Seven Wonders of the World - Christ the Redeemer Statue 
Curiosities:
1. Christ the Redeemer is the largest art deco statue in the world. It is 98 feet tall (not including the 26 foot pedestal), and the arms stretch to 92 feet wide.
2. The statue weighs approximately 635 tonnes.
3. Christ the Redeemer is located in the Tijuca Forest National Forest, at the top of the Corcovado Mountain.
4. The statue is considered an icon of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.
5. Christ the Redeemer is the 5th largest statue of Jesus.
6. The first suggestion to build a large religious monument was made in the 1850s by a Catholic priest names Pedro Maria Boss. The request for financing wasn't approved because Princess Isabel was not a fan of the idea. The request was officially denied in 1889 when Brazil mandated the separation of church and state. A petition started by a group in the early 1920s, called the Catholic Circle of Rio, was successful. Construction began in 1922 and took nine years to complete.
7. The money to build Christ the Redeemer came from Brazil's Catholic community.
8. There were several designs to choose from. One was a depiction of the Christian cross. Another was a statue of Jesus holding a globe, while standing over a pedestal that was to symbolize the world.
9. The chosen statue is meant to show that Christ loves all and will embrace all that come to him.
10. The stones that were used to build Christ the Redeemer came from Sweden.
11. The statue was completed in 1931. It officially opened on October 12, 1931.
12. The cost in 1931 was approximately $250,000 US. Today that would roughly be the equivalent of $3.2 million US.
13. The statue had to be constructed in pieces and carried to the mountain top to be erected.
14. The materials used to build Christ the Redeemer were reinforced concrete and soapstone.
15. The right arm points to south Rio de Janeiro and the left arm points to north Rio de Janeiro.

1/7 New Seven Wonders of the World - Christ the Redeemer Statue Curiosities: 1. Christ the Redeemer is the largest art deco statue in the world. It is 98 feet tall (not including the 26 foot pedestal), and the arms stretch to 92 feet wide. 2. The statue weighs approximately 635 tonnes. 3. Christ the Redeemer is located in the Tijuca Forest National Forest, at the top of the Corcovado Mountain. 4. The statue is considered an icon of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. 5. Christ the Redeemer is the 5th largest statue of Jesus. 6. The first suggestion to build a large religious monument was made in the 1850s by a Catholic priest names Pedro Maria Boss. The request for financing wasn't approved because Princess Isabel was not a fan of the idea. The request was officially denied in 1889 when Brazil mandated the separation of church and state. A petition started by a group in the early 1920s, called the Catholic Circle of Rio, was successful. Construction began in 1922 and took nine years to complete. 7. The money to build Christ the Redeemer came from Brazil's Catholic community. 8. There were several designs to choose from. One was a depiction of the Christian cross. Another was a statue of Jesus holding a globe, while standing over a pedestal that was to symbolize the world. 9. The chosen statue is meant to show that Christ loves all and will embrace all that come to him. 10. The stones that were used to build Christ the Redeemer came from Sweden. 11. The statue was completed in 1931. It officially opened on October 12, 1931. 12. The cost in 1931 was approximately $250,000 US. Today that would roughly be the equivalent of $3.2 million US. 13. The statue had to be constructed in pieces and carried to the mountain top to be erected. 14. The materials used to build Christ the Redeemer were reinforced concrete and soapstone. 15. The right arm points to south Rio de Janeiro and the left arm points to north Rio de Janeiro. - 3 months ago

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